How Framingham Officials Helped 39 Asylum Seekers, And What Comes Next July 31, 2023
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Looks like Framingham received its first bus load of immigrants from New York!

Many more buses to come. . We are so FUCKED.

Look at New York's problem.

As of Monday, the Jewish Family Service of Metrowest which has experience supporting asylum seekers, has taken over local coordination of family support, officials said. (Neal McNamara/Patch)

This story was updated at 1:03 p.m. on Monday, July 31.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - A dozen asylum-seeking families have been put up in a Framingham hotel as of Friday, city officials said.

As of Monday, the the Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, which has experience supporting asylum seekers, has taken over helping find services for the families, according to officials.

"They are assessing, they have the experience to make sure the right questions are being asked and the right services are being provided," said State Rep. Jack Lewis on Monday.

The 39 people, who range in age from young children to adults, primarily speak Haitian Creole, officials told Patch on Monday.

Mayor Charlie Sisitsky and the city's legislative delegation were alerted by the state that this was happening on Friday. Immediately, city and state officials jumped into action.

According to Lewis, State Rep. Kate Donahue was helpful in the beginning stages of planning, as she recently helped as Northborough welcomed almost 100 new arrivals from South America and the Caribbean.

Lewis said Donahue informed him that "there may be more immediate needs than were going to be met that day," which helped guide the group.

So what could be done?

"While in communication with state leaders and state agencies, [we] determined that there were needs that we could meet over the course of the weekend before a social service agency was in place to coordinate services on Monday," said Lewis.

"Our primary objective over the course of the weekend was to make sure immediate needs were met so the Jewish Family Service could bring in the appropriate folks on Monday."

Over the weekend, immediate medical needs were met and the state began meeting with the asylum-seekers to organize whatever support systems they could.

Meals were secured for the dozen families, as was baby food, formula and snacks and fruit for in between meals.

"I want to thank all the many volunteers who stepped up over the weekend providing services to these asylum seekers from Haiti," said Sisitsky.

The city has also worked closely with Framingham Public Schools, in particular translation services, and Metrowest Worker Center.

City and state officials have also already heard from many constituents asking how they can help and what they can donate. As of now, however, they need to get infrastructure and systems in place to be able to accept those donations.

So, official guidance is to be patient and hold off on those donations for now.

"We know a lot of people want to donate items and offer support, but we are not ready to accept donations from the community yet," said Sisitsky.

This is the first overflow bus from New York. Previously, they would arrive in vans at the local McDonalds with their suitcases. You can just imagine future train service.

Take note that our mayor gets his salary and his Natick retirement which puts him in the top one percent income bracket. Approximately $ 275,000 a year. Any property tax increase helps him.

It would be interesting to see how much these idiots from Haiti made versus our mayor's salary.
I'm betting that this entire busload of Haitians made less than our fat pompous jewish mayor of ours makes it appear the jews helpful, but they really do not like blacks .

Cost per student, per year in Framingham schools is a mere $21,000.
BUT, and it's a big but, I suspect the entire entourage of kids are going to be IEP students. Some of those cost way more.

I wonder whether these dumb ass Haitians learned about flush toilets while in Haiti, or in their travels out of Haiti?
Inquiring minds want to know.

According to the news,

AG Andrea Campbell calls on feds to speed up work authorizations for migrants August 16, 2023
Long processing delays for newly-arrived migrant work authorizations have placed an "increasing burden" on states, their social safety net programs, and shelter systems, Attorney General Andrea Campbell said Wednesday in a letter to the federal government.

Campbell penned the letter with 18 other state attorneys general to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in an effort to prompt action on work authorization permits for immigrants who have been lawfully paroled into the United States.

The letter comes about a week after Gov. Maura Healey declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts to deal with the high number of migrants and displaced families seeking temporary housing within the state's emergency shelter system.

Addressing processing delays, the attorneys general wrote in their letter, will allow work-eligible migrants to become "self-sufficient" as soon as possible and "not be forced to rely on state resources."

The group said they have seen an unprecedented influx of immigrant families from Latin America, Haiti, Ukraine, and the Middle East. Most of the new arrivals are working-age adults who are "eager to find employment" to support themselves and their families, the prosecutors wrote.

"Many thousands of recent newcomers are eligible for work authorization, but permission to work has been needlessly delayed by inconsistencies in grants of parole and application processing delays," the letter said. "The lack of work authorization for many thousands who have arrived in our states in recent months has caused many to rely on our social safety nets."

The message was similar to one Healey delivered last week.

Healey paired her emergency declaration with an appeal to the federal government for funding and to speed up the work authorization approval process for migrants, which she said was one of the primary drivers of the shelter difficulties.

It is not clear how much money Healey is looking for from the Biden administration, but she made a point last week to call out "burdensome barriers" to work authorizations.

"These new arrivals desperately want to work, and we have historic demand for workers across all industries," Healey wrote in her own letter to Mayorkas.

The 19 attorneys general asked Mayorkas to act in four areas - expedite employment authorization for lawful parolees; address inconsistent lengths of parole and streamline renewal; put in place automatic work authorization renewals; and make fee waivers available online.

The group also called on Mayorkas to "pursue executive action" to increase funding for personnel and administrative efficiency to "address the years-long backlogs in adjudication of asylum and other forms of immigration relief."

"At the same time, we know that legislative action is needed to effect comprehensive immigration reform that will fully address these problems," the group wrote.

Campbell and the other attorneys general said many industries - food services, retail, transportation, health care, and hospitality - are struggling to find workers.

Expediting work authorizations, they said, would help meet demands and reduce the risk that migrants are paid subminimum wages, work in unsafe conditions, or have other workplace rights violated.

Many who have arrived are seeking asylum, have been paroled into the country, and are immediately eligible for work permits, the group wrote. But processing delays "leave too many waiting 10 months or more for authorization."

"These delays are placing an increasing burden on states to support families who would be able to support themselves immediately if given the opportunity to do so," the attorneys general said.

The letter called out Massachusetts specifically because of its right-to-shelter law, which gives eligible homeless families a right to placement in housing. Massachusetts had to "significantly expand its emergency shelter system over the past year" because of the large influx of migrant families without work authorizations, the letter said.

The Healey administration opened two "welcome centers" in Allston and Quincy to help connect newly-arrived families to temporary and longer-term shelter as well as basic necessities.

"But these resources have been pushed to a breaking point because many newcomers do not have and cannot expeditiously procure the work authorization they need to transition to self-sufficiency," the attorneys general wrote. "As a result, the numbers of families requiring assistance continues to grow without relief in sight."

States without right-to-shelter laws "may not experience the same strain on housing resources as Massachusetts."

"But all states have been affected by delays in authorizing work-eligible adults to work," the group wrote. "The long delays in work permits for newcomers set us all up for failure and have created a humanitarian crisis in our states and beyond."

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